America

2377
Nominal Guns74DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Ordered20.11.1776DANFS
Keel Laid Down5.1777DANFS
Launched5.11.1782DANFS
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardPortsmouth - New Hampshire DANFS
Designed byJoshua Humphreys (1751-1838)DANFS
ConstructorJohn LangdonDANFS
CategoryThird RateDANFS
Ship TypeShip of the Line DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
Given Away24.6.1783DANFS
BecomesFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'L'America' (1783) (76)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck183' 6"Imperial Feet55.7802 
Breadth50' 6"Imperial Feet15.3924 
Depth in Hold23' 0"Imperial Feet7.0104 
Burthen1,982Tons BM 

Armament


1782Broadside Weight = 525 Imperial Pound ( 238.0875 kg)DANFS
Lower Gun Deck30 American 18 Pounder
Upper Gun Deck32 American 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 American 9-Pounder
Forecastle6 American 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1782626EstablishmentDANFS

Service History


DateEventSource
25.6.1781Lack of funds and materials delayed her building, the Continental Congress ordered her completion.DANFS
3.9.1782Continental Congress, presented USS America to King Louis XVI as a mark of gratitude for French assistance in the War for Independence.DANFS
5.11.1782Launched and given to the French captain & crew of the Magnifique.DANFS
24.6.1783Departed from Portsmouth, N.H. for Brest.DANFS


Notes on Ship


Details of her Figuerhead
Built at John Langdon's shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H. Her figurehead, planned by John Paul Jones, was the Goddess of Liberty, crowned with laurels. Her right arm was raised with the forefinger pointing to heaven as if appealing to that high tribunal in behalf of the justice of the American cause. Her left arm bore a blue shield, studded with 13 silver stars. Served until 1786 under French flag, when was broken up.(W026).

Built at John Langdon's shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H. Her figurehead, planned by [John Paul Jones|Jones], was the Goddess of Liberty, crowned with laurels. Her right arm was raised with the forefinger pointing to heaven as if appealing to that high tribunal in behalf of the justice of the American cause. Her left arm bore a blue shield, studded with 13 silver stars. Served until 1786 under French flag, when was broken up.(W026).

 

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